Gambian referee  to officiate  Cameroon vs Egypt game today

Feb 3, 2022, 11:19 AM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Gambian referee Bakary Gassama has been chosen to officiate the semi-final clash between host nation Cameroon against Egypt today (Thursday) in a game to be played at the Stade d’Olembe in Yaounde at 7 p.m.

Africa and Gambia’s best referee, Gassama would be at the center of the field for the third time in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

He first officiated the game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Pharaohs of Egypt in their opening Group D match on the 11th January 2022 at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.

The 42-year-old officiated his second game in the round of 16 (knockout stage) when he took charge of Mali vs Equatorial Guinea played on the 26th January 2022 at the Limbe Stadium.

The three time Africa best referee, has been one of the referees assigned to officiate the big encounters in the tournament with today’s not an exception.

Cameroon and Egypt head-to-head 

Meanwhile, this will be the 11th Africa Cup of Nations encounter between Egypt and Cameroon, no two teams have met on more occasions in the competition’s history.

Egypt have won three of their last four Africa Cup of Nation games against Cameroon (L1), scoring nine goals, this after netting just twice across their previous six encounters against the Indomitable Lions in the competition (W1 D2 L3).

Cameroon have progressed from seven of their nine semi-final matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, only opponents Egypt (8) have made it through this round more often in AFCON history.

The Africa Cup of Nations hosts have been eliminated in three of their last five semi-final matches in the competition, with Egypt the last such team to progress from this round (2-1 against Senegal in 2006).

Since the beginning of 2017, no player has been directly involved in more goals (9) at the Africa Cup of Nations than Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (six goals, three assists) or Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar (seven goals, two assists).